Taking A Tree's Pulse

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Salida District will host a free workshop titled “Taking a Tree’s Pulse” on April 4 in Salida. The purpose of the workshop is to help landowners recognize the difference between healthy and stressed trees in either a town or forest setting, and how to help keep their trees in top health.

The workshop will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the American Legion Hut, 235 W. 10th Street. Anyone who wants to learn more about diagnosing the health of individual trees is invited to attend. Participants will learn basic tree “triage” that can be applied to both evergreen and deciduous trees to obtain a health assessment.

“Often people think their trees are healthy simply because the foliage is green,” said Kathryn Hardgrave, assistant district forester with the CSFS Salida District. “Green foliage means the tree is alive, but not necessarily healthy.”

Hardgrave says that truly healthy trees grow faster and are more resilient to diseases and insects.

Light refreshments will be provided. To ensure that adequate handouts and tree samples are available for participants, please register for the workshop by March 31, via email at [email protected] or by calling 719-539-2579.

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